Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Brian’s Reflection: Thursday, September 11, 2008

All wars are civil wars, because all men (and women)
are brothers (and sisters). [brackets mine]

- François Fénelon, 17th C bishop and author

Seven years ago.
In the wreckage of
a field in Pennsylvania,
the Pentagon,
the Pillars and Towers
of downtown Manhattan,
in the homes of thousands of families,
thousands of fatal causalities,
thousands of wounded,
physically, emotionally, psychically,
litter the ground, our hearts.
Yet another flare-up
in the civil war
ongoing since time began
between brothers and sisters.

Turn the finger of blame
back on ourselves,
all of us in the human family.
There is no innocence.
There is no Foe outside the family.
There is no one of us exempt from responsibility.

And it will go on,
all the heartbreak,
the pain, the weeping,
the killing and the hate,
We love One Another
God loves us.


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